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What happens to cognitive diversity when everyone is more WEIRD? | Aeon
n 2010, a paper titled ‘The Weirdest People in the World?’ gave the field of cognitive science a seismic shock. Its authors, led by the psychologist Joe Henrich at the University of British Columbia, made two fundamental points. The first was that researchers in the behavioural sciences had almost exclusively focused on a small sliver of humanity: people from Western, educated, industrialised, rich, democratic societies. The second was that this sliver is not representative of the larger whole, but that people in London, Buenos Aires and Seattle were, in an acronym, WEIRD.

But there is a third fundamental point, and it was the psychologist Paul Rozin at the University of Pennsylvania who made it. In his commentary on the 2010 article, Rozin noted that this same WEIRD slice of humanity was ‘a harbinger of the future of the world’. He had seen this trend in his own research. Where he found cross-cultural differences, they were more pronounced in older generations. The world’s young people, in other words, are converging. The signs are unmistakable: the age of global WEIRDing is upon us.
science_and_culture  psychology  ancient_history  domestication 
27 days ago by kyleos
Humans: The Domesticated Primates
As we became more peaceable, our bodies evolved along the lines of other tamed animals
biology  animals  domestication  homosapiens 
7 weeks ago by heimdalsgate
The Automation Charade
The rise of the robots has been greatly exaggerated. Whose interests does that serve?
dystopian-tech  domestication 
december 2018 by kyleos
Croak to croon: City frogs sing more alluring love songs
Those fancy urban love songs are three times more likely to attract the ladies, as scientists learned by playing back recordings of both city and forest frog calls to an audience of female frogs in a laboratory. Thirty of 40 female frogs hopped over to the speaker playing the urban frog calls, the researchers report in the journal Nature Ecology & Evolution.
frogs  cities  science  ecology  domestication 
december 2018 by yorksranter

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